PUYB Blog Tour&Review: People of the Book (Extreme Devotions, bk 4) by Kathi Macias

Posted 23 May, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

About the Book:
Farah lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family, and wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. She sees the month of Ramadan as her chance to draw nearer to Allah, and pursues that goal. All goes well until the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself. Her brother, Kareem, who has never liked her, seeks to discredit her.

Farah’s cousin, an only child, frequents an online chat. She discovers former Muslims discussing their new belief that Isa is much more than a Muslim prophet—He is actually the Son of God. She becomes acquainted with an American girl of Muslim ancestry—now a devout Christian—Sara. Sara has problems of her own due to her brother Emir’s suspicious behavior.

Each finds their faith put to the test. Will they be true to their beliefs? Will God protect them, or will they pay the ultimate price for their faith?

About the Author:
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. Her most recent release is People of the Book, the fourth and final book in her Extreme Devotion series. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and was named 2008 Member of the Year by AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding in Al’s new sunburst orange Corvette.

You can reach Kathi or find out more about her writing and speaking at www.kathimacias.com. You can also visit her “Easy Writer” blog at https://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com/.

My Review:
This is not the first book by Kathi Macias that I have read, nor will it be the last. Her Extreme Devotion books take her readers through different areas around the world, and speaks volumes of the work of Christ in each place. Kathi puts her whole heart into writing these Extreme Devotion books and it really shines through. It is one of the many reasons why I love to read these books by her. These are not your every day, light Christian fiction stories. No, not by a long shot. Oh, yes they ARE Christian fiction, that much is for certain. But, the power of God that moves through these beautifully written novels, and the love that Kathi pours into them, is a deep and emotional kind of novel.

In People Of The Book, we are taken to the lives of 3 different women. This story centers around Saudi Arabia, a place where it is unlikely heard of that one will be a devout Christian, an among the Saudi streets are 2 young women…..one of whom befriends the third woman, who lives in America. When the Saudi women become interested in learning more about Christ and the Bible….well, I was so torn at what happens to people over there. It truly ripped my heart in half to read it. I found myself becoming a part of  Susan, the young woman in America, who prayed for these women and tried her best to be a witness to these poor young women, albeit through an internet connection.

This book is NOT for the readers looking for a fun reading time. Oh, you will get lost amongst the pages for sure, as I found myself in a grip so strong I couldn’t have put this book down, had I wanted to. But, it is not full of humor, it is not full of romance. It is full of true and real happenings among the world today and it is emotional turmoil in some spots. By the end of the book, I was in awe and in tears from the power Kathi’s book held over me.

I highly recommend this book with the highest of 5 star praises, though it is certainly deserving of so many more than simply 5. It is a book that will change your life. It is a book that will make you think. It is a book worth the time in reading. I recommend that you read all this wonderful books in this particular series for the emotion and the feeling that Kathi weaves in the pages, though they do not need to be read in any order, for they are easily stand alone titles. Beautifully done, Kathi, and I hope that this is not the end of this series!

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*This book was provided for review by the publisher and PumpUpYourBook*

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